There are some new options and specials available for breakfast and lunch meal deals as well a change in price for faculty and staff eating in the Cowboy Café.
Starting Sept. 4, the breakfast meal deal will be $6 and the lunch and dinner meal deal will be $7 for faculty and staff. The community meal deal will remain at $8.
“I’ve been here for six years and the prices haven’t increased,” said Hayley Holmes, campus food services manager, even as the cost of food has risen. “But if you look at the amount of food items you can get with each meal deal, it’s still a lot for your money.”
The Cowboy Café offers a soup and salad bar; grill line; sandwich and pizza station; and daily hot entrée line.
The lunch and dinner meal deal includes an entrée from hot line, grill or sandwich station; two sides; a side salad or soup; a dessert; and beverage.
“People can be creative and mix and match items from the different lines. Order a piece of grilled chicken or fish from the grill and have it chopped for your salad. Get fried chicken strips chopped and put it into a wrap,” Holmes said. “On the sandwich line you can order wraps, quesadillas, pizza, and of course, sandwiches.”
The grill is open from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; the sandwich station is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the hot line is open for lunch from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and dinner from 4:30 to 6 p.m.
The breakfast meal deal includes items from the fresh fruit and yogurt bar; eggs; choice of meat; potato; breakfast bread; and two beverages. There are also daily breakfast specials.
Breakfast is served from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m.
Holmes said she sources many ingredients and food items locally or from Oklahoma farms including chicken, pork and beef products; fruits and vegetables; and desserts and baked breads.
“We use fresh healthful ingredients to cook from scratch and provide a wide variety of favorite foods. We love and welcome food requests,” she said. “We offer a salad bar with the freshest ingredients available, as well as items grilled to order, fresh sandwiches and wraps made-to-order, and our hot line serves many of your favorite home cooked meals to remind you of your mom and grandma’s cooking.”
The Cowboy Café serves about 1,000 meals a day, with the majority served at lunch— between 600 and 750 a day.
When it comes to the daily hot line offerings, Holmes said she balances popular meals as well as rotate other entrees and sides throughout the week.
“Monday is chicken fried steak day because everyone loves it,” she said. “I go through and see what we haven’t done in awhile or something new I think would be popular.”